Izzard Takes Over as Igor’s Nemesis

Move over, Ari Gold. Eddie Izzard’s in the lab. The trades announced recently that actor and comedian Eddie Izzard (The Riches, My Super Ex-Girlfriend) has replaced Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as the voice of the nutcase Schadenfreude in Exodus Film Group’s upcoming CG-animated feature, Igor. Izzard will portray an evil enemy of the movie’s main character, a hunchbacked lab assistant who wants to accomplish more with his life.

Animation veteran Tony Leondis (The Prince of Egypt, Lilo & Stitch 2) is directing Igor from a screenplay by Chris McKenna (American Dad). The movie tells the story of an evil scientist’s hunchbacked lab assistant with big dreams of becoming a brilliant scientist in his own right and winning the annual Evil Science Fair. Exodus has assembled an all-star voice cast that includes Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cusack, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Jay Leno, Molly Shannon and Christian Slater. The Weinstein Co. is handling worldwide distribution for the film, which is set for a wide theatrical release on Oct. 24, 2008.

Serial comic books based on Igor will be published by IDW, which has made comics from such features and TV shows as Monster House, Beowulf, Transformers, 24 and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In addition, Corgi International recently acquired the master toy license for Igor, and a major publishing deal was signed with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Corgi will release a wide range of products including action figures, play sets and electronic role-play games, while Simon & Schuster puts out seven Igor books, under its Simon Scribbles and Simon Spotlight imprints.